ECLS 2016

University of Roma Tre

Law Department


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

17:00 – 19:00 ELCS General Assembly Meeting

Sala del Consiglio – via Ostiense 159

20:00 – 21:30
Dinner offered by Picozzi & Morigi Law Firm

Ristorante Biondo Tevere – Via Ostiense 178

Thursday, 22 September 2016

08:45 – 09:30 Registration

Aula Magna – via Ostiense 159

– 10:00 Welcome addresses

Aula Magna – via Ostiense 159

Prof. Mario Panizza, Rector, University of Roma Tre

Prof. Giovanni Serges, Director of Roma Tre Law Department

Prof. Bjorn Ahl, Chairman of ECLS

10:00 – 11:00
Opening session

Aula Magna – via Ostiense 159

Key-note speech: Prof. Giammaria Ajani , Rector of the University of Turin

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 13:00 Parallel sessions


AULA 5 — Constructing the Judicial Role in China: Legal System Reform and Judicial Independence

Moderator: Keren Wang

  • The Central Leading Group on Judicial Reform: History, Processes and Practices
    Flora Sapio, Centre on China in the World of Australian National University
  • Judicial Working Style in the Face of Reform: On the Distinction Between Application and Interpretation of Law and the Judicial Function With Chinese Socialist Characteristics
    Larry Catà Backer, Pennsylvania state University

Discussant: Jean Chris Mittelstaedt, University of Oxford


AULA 6 — Law and Capital Markets

Chair: Claudio Dordi

  • Public Enforcement of Securities Laws: An Empirical Approach
    Xi Chao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Law
  • Target Board’s Possible Response to a Hostile Takeover Attempt in China: A Case Study of Vanke vs Baoneng.
    Ewa Kruszewska, University of Nottingham
  • Investor Protection and Systemic Risk in the Hedge Fund Industry: A Legal Comparison of Regulatory Frameworks in China and Europe
    Cristopher Hsu, Goethe University Frankfurt – House of Finance
  • Ten Years of Statutory Derivative Action in Hong Kong: Has It Increased Shareholder Protection?
    Felix Mezzanotte, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


AULA 7 — The Supreme People’s Court and Judicial Reforms (1/2)

Chair: Bjorn Ahl

  • Judicial Performance Control of Chinese Courts: A Sociological Explanation of the Implementation Challenges
    Li Yedan, Bielefeld University – Faculty of Sociology
  • On the Implementing System of Preventing Interference in Judicial Case from Leading Cadres
    Huang Yaying, Shenzhen University – Faculty of Law
  • The Unbearable Lightness of China’s Judicial Reforms: the Ongoing Process of Retrieving Control over Local Governance
    George Ge Chen, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)


13:00 – 14:00 Light Lunch


14:00 – 15:30 Parallel sessions

AULA 5 — Codification of civil law and Roman law tradition in China

Chair: Laura Formichella

  • Ex Oriente Lux, Ex Occidente Lex? European Perspectives on Tort Law of China
    Albert Ruda Gonzales, University of Girona – Faculty of Law
  • Elements of Roman Law Tradition in the draft of the Chinese Civil Code.
    Enrico Toti, University of Roma Tre
  • On the Termination at Any Time of Contract of Mandate in Chinese Contract Law
    Jiang Jiayi, University of Rome Tor Vergata – Faculty of Law
  • The codification of civil law and the interpretations of Supreme People’s Court: a perspective from roman law
    Yin Qiushi, University of Rome La Sapienza – Faculty of Law
  • Return to tradition or legal acculturation? Doubts and prospect upon the characteristic of loan of consumption of natural persons in Chinese law
    Wang Jing, University of Rome Tor Vergata – Faculty of Law


AULA 6 — Criminal Justice and Human Rights (1/2)

Chair: Flora Sapio

  • ‘Big-stick 306’ – Prosecution and Sanctioning of Criminal Defense Lawyers in China under Article 306 of the Criminal Law
    Alexandra Kaiser, University of Cologne
  • Reassessing the requisite state of mind for the offence of money laundering in Hong Kong
    Claire Wilson, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  • The Development of Death Penalty in China
    Liling Yue, China University of Political Science and Law


AULA 7 — The Supreme People’s Court and judicial reforms (2/2)

Chair: Sthepanie Balme

  • The Supreme People’s Court in China’s Judicial Reform
    Guo Xinyang, Associate Professor of the National Prosecutors College of P.R.C
  • The Role of the Supreme People’s Court in Law-Making by Means of Judicial Interpretations in the People’s Republic of China
    Benjamin Pissler, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
  • People’s Jurors in China: Sorry Apologies or Acting Judges?
    Yu Xiaohong, Tsinghua University – Department of Political Science


15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break


15:45 – 17:15 Parallel sessions

AULA 5 — Legal Consciousness and Environmental Challenges

Chair: Giampaolo Rossi

  • Air Pollution Control: China in Search of Effective Regulation
    Zhao Yuhong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Law
  • The Legality and Reasonableness of the “Environmental Inquiry” in China
    Dai Liping, Utrecht University,Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law
  • Sustainable Urbanization with Chinese characteristics: Environmental Public Interest litigation and the Construction of an “Ecological Civilization” in the PRC
    Simona Novaretti, University of Turin, Department of Law


AULA 6 — Criminal Justice and human rights (2/2)

Chair: Flora Sapio                         

  • Expediting criminal justice: risks and prospects
    Sarah Biddulph, The University of Melbourne – Asian Law Centre
  • Torture in China: What Prospects for Progress?
    Nicola Macbean, The Rights Practice
  • Reduction and Controlling Approach of Crimes Punishable by Death Penalty in China in the Perspective of the Ninth Amendment to the Criminal Law
    Zheng Zexing, Hunan University – School of Law


AULA 7 — China and EU investment Relationships: a New Paradigm in the Making

Chair: Julien Chaisse

  • Negotiating a Comprehensive Investment Treaty Regime for China and the EU: A Roadmap of Issues and Drivers
    Julien Chaisse, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The EU Competence on Foreign Investment: What Does it Change for China?
    Claudio Dordi, Bocconi University
  • China’s Approach Towards Investment Treaties Revisited
    Fernando Dias Simoes, University of Macau
  • Dispute Settlement: Innovation of Status Quo?
    Federico Ortino, King’s College London


17:15 – 18:00 Transfer to UNIDROIT


18:00 – UNIDROIT, Villa Aldobrandini – via Panisperna 28

Welcome speech of the Secretary-General of the Institute for the Unification of Private Law

Anna Veneziano: “Building Bridges between Legal Traditions: the work of UNIDROIT in the field of legal harmonization”


19:00 — Vin d’honneur offered by UNIDROIT


Friday, 23 September 2016

09:00 – 10:45 Parallel sessions

AULA 5 — Hesitant legal Reforms

Chair: Simona Novaretti

  • Exit Restrictions of Foreigners Involved in Civil Cases
    Jasper Habicht, University of Cologne
  • Hesitant Enterprise Bankruptcy Law reform: a missed opportunity to resolve zombie companies?
    Natalie Mrockova, University of Oxford
  • Two Contradictions in China’s Anti-domestic Violence Efforts
    Jue Jiang, Centre for Rights and Justice, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • How Effective is Legal Aid Service in China: An Empirical Observation
    Lin Jing, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law


AULA 6 — Legal Language and Legal Translation

Chair: Renzo Cavalieri

  • The Translation of Legal Performatives in Chinese Trademark Law
    Roger Greatrex, Lund University – Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
  • On the inclusive legal interpretation system: a perspective of global governance in China
    Liu Guanghua, Lanzhou University – School of Law
  • The Birth of Contemporary Legal Chinese: Influences from the West
    Michele Mannoni,
University of Perugia
- Department of Literatures and Languages

Discussant: Sara D’Attoma, Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice


AULA 7 — Rule of Law Under Xi Jinping

Chair: Benjamin Pissler

  • Rule of Law Reform and the Rise of Rule by Fear in China
    Eva Pils, King’s College London – Dickson Poon School of Law
  • Chinese Legalism Under Xi: Rule of Law and the Military
    Ignazio Castellucci, University of Teramo
  • The Revised Population and Family Planning Law of the PRC and Its Implications for the Bureaucracy’s Routine – A Step Closer to the Rule of Law?
    Nina Rotermund, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • How Sturdy it’s Chinese Control Over its Internet? Legal Ambiguity and the Limits of Censorship
    Bryan Druzin, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break


11:15 – 13:00 Parallel sessions

AULA 7 — Judicial Reform and the Structures of Socialist Rule of Law. Persistently Emancipating the Mind.

Chair: Larry Catà Backer

  • Ideology, Theory and Anecdote
    Beth Farmer, Pennsylvania State University
  • Fractured Legal Theology: Tension between Socialist Doxa and Confucian Pistis in Chinese Judicial Reform Discourse
    Keren Wang, Pennsylvania State University
  • Judicial Reform and Legislative Reform: Conflicts and Mutual Promotion
    Zhu Shaoming, Pennsylvania State University

Discussant: Eva Pils, King’s College London – Dickson Poon School of Law


AULA 6 — International, National (Central and Local) Law-Making (1/2)

Chair: Paolo Benvenuti

  • Overcoming Obstacles in International Commercial Arbitration
    Filippo Sticconi, Picozzi & Morigi Law Firm
  • Implementing the ICESCR: Social Security Law-Making in China
    Zheng Zhu, University of Hull
  • Vertical Fiscal Power Re-distribution in China’s Budgetary Reform and the Transition of its Central-Local Constitutional Relation
    Liangjian Wu, Sciences Po Paris Law School
  • Towards a more Responsive Legislature: an Empirical Study of Media, Public Focusing Events and Legislation in China
    Zhang Xin, University of International Business and Economics(UIBE)


AULA 7 — China’s Outbound FDI Activism

Chair: Xi Chao

  • Chinese State-Controlled Entities and the One Belt One Road Initiative: How Many Ways to Protect Sovereign Investments? An Empirical Analysis of the International Investment Regime
    Dini Sejko, The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Law
  • Going out’ and ‘Racing to the Bottom’? Regulating the conduct of Chinese enterprises abroad
    Mimi Zou, The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Law
  • A Potential Deal Breaker: Taiwanese Foreign Investments Law and its Consequences for Chinese FDI Outbound Activities
    Rebecka Zinser, Baker & McKenzie

Discussant: Renzo Cavalieri – Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice

13:00 – 14:00 Light Lunch


14:00 – 15:45 Parallel sessions

AULA 5 — Current Issues in Law and Philosophy (1/1)

Chair: Luigi Moccia

  • Re-Uniting what Belongs Together: a Holistic Understanding of Chinese la
    Jean Chris. Mittelstadt, University of Oxford
  • Vicissitude of Chinese Legal Instrumentalism: From Political-Oriented to Empirical-Oriented
    Wen Guanbin, Tilburg University – Law School
  • The Ethical Crisis Caused by Extinctive Prescription in Chinese Civil Law and the Way to Eliminate It
    Lian Guangyang, Xiangtan University – Law School
  • On the Nature of Rights and Its Relations to Chinese Culture
    Zhong Chiming, University of Edinburgh – School of Social and Political Science
  • Tripartite Freedom of Religion in China: An Illiberal Perspective
    Wang Shucheng, City University of Hong Kong – School of Law

AULA 6 — International, National (Central and Local) Law-Making (2/2)

Chair: Raffaele Torino

  • Strategies and Programmes of EU-China Legal Cooperation
    Angela Carpi, University of Bologna
  • Trade and progress: the case of China
    Paolo Farah, West Virginia University
  • From the ‘Ultraperiphery’ to a Grand Bargain for Autonomy: Comparing Portugal’s Autonomous Regions and China’s Special Administrative Regions
    Sebastian Ko, Oxford Human Rights Hub
    Jason Buhi, University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Law


AULA 7 — Human rights

Chair: Juha Karhu

  • Criminal Law as a Means to Safeguard Human Rights in the Realm of Consumer Protection
    Georg Gesk, University of Osnabrück – Faculty of Law
  • NGO Law Changes in China: the New Law and How it Came to beHolly Snape, Tsinghua University – School of Public Policy and Management
    Karla Weber Simon, International Center for Civil Society Law
  • “China’s Labor Supply Chains: Expanding the “”Employment Relationship”” to Embrace Joint Liability”
    Ron Brown, University of Hawaii
  • Internet governance and terrorism: a further compression of fundamental basic rights in China
    Elisa Bertolini, Bocconi University – Law School “Angelo Sraffa”


16:00 – 16.15 Coffee break


16:15 – 18:00 Parallel sessions

AULA 5 – Constitution of the RPC

Chair: Jason Buhi

  • International Law Riddles in Constitutions: Legal Expertise, Founding Moments, and the Constitutional Silence on International Law
    Liu Yang, UCLA School of Law
  • Two Schools in Debate, a Borderline Question and the Reformative Constitution
    Han Zhai, Tilburg University – Law School
  • Judicial Life of an Authoritarian Constitution: The Case of China
    Daniel Sprick, University of Cologne


AULA 6 — Intellectual Property Rights

Chair: Marina Timoteo

  • Abuse of a Dominant Market Position by Exploitation of an Intellectual Property Right
    Katrin Verena, Humboldt University of Berlin; Tongji University
  • Latest OEM trademark cases – on the impact of policy on judgements
    Katrin Blasek, Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau
  • EU-China Relations in Intellectual Property: a Pendulum Swinging between Conflict and Dialogue
    Laura Sempi, University of Salento
  • To What Extent Intellectual Property Consciousness Assist Intellectual Property Infringement in the Chinese Fashion Design Industry
    Luo Li, Coventry University Law School


18.00 – 18.30

AULA 6 — Closing remarks